Observations from the Home Office

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I like being home. I like my desk, my dog, my coffee. I have a ton of things to watch or read. Being home isn’t an issue for me.

We’ve ventured out of the house to walk the dog 3-4 times a day, saying hi to neighbors, with everyone keeping a polite distance, although the dogs continue to sniff one another’s butts, oblivious to the pandemic. We are also trying to support our local restaurants, increasing our frequency of takeout meals.

Harley certainly has come to appreciate the extra walks and having both of us home.Harley certainly has come to appreciate the extra walks and having both of us home.

Harley certainly has come to appreciate the extra walks and having both of us home.

What I dislike is having to go out for groceries more than once a week, needing to vary the store or time in an effort to get my weekly needs. Seeing the empty shelves of basics (eggs, milk, produce) drives me crazy as people are needlessly buying everything in sight in some mistaken belief they’ve stopped milking cows, growing food, or producing more toilet paper. I’ll worry when the FDA or Secretary of Agriculture tells me to worry.

Maybe I’m not worrying enough (although I am washing my hands 20 seconds a shot, promise), overcompensating for everyone else who has decided the End Times are upon us. I get needing t keep my distance from the older generation, which means I need to cancel my trip to visit mom over Spring Break.

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I do like the silver linings I overhear. Families with school age children marveling at family dinners on consecutive days or cousins actually Facetiming one another. Deb did a virtual knitting group yesterday, with members from Texas, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania joining in, reconnecting. We’re finding ways to cope and make the best of a horrible situation.

I’m actually getting quite curious to see how many of the changes in routine and habit will become the new normal whenever the pandemic is over. America wasn’t the same after 9/11 and it won’t be after this. The economy and government have to change to adapt and survive.

I’m already seeing a newfound appreciation parents have for teachers now that they have to work with their homebound students. I’m counting on that as I also adapt my methods to an entirely virtual classroom. Officially, we’re three days into this new routine so it’s too small a sample to draw conclusions. We’ll see what this week brings.

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